Everything you feared would happen to the Tigers just happened.
The San Francisco Giants win the World Series with a 4-3 extra inning victory over the Detroit Tigers. The Giants swept the Tigers 4-0 in dominating fashion. Pablo Sandoval was named the World Series MVP.
The Giants got the first points of the night with a second inning triple by Brandon Belt that scored Hunter Pence. The Tigers struck back an inning later with a two run shot by Miguel Cabrera in the third inning that scored Austin Jackson, who got on base via a walk. Three innings later, the Giants responded with their own two run homer by Buster Posey that scored Marco Scurato. In the bottom of the same inning, Delmon Young hit his own solo homer. No one would score afterwards and the game would go into extra innings.
The top half of the tenth inning produced a run when Phil Coke gave up a Marco Scutaro double that scored Ryan Theriot. With the title on the line, Sergio Romo struck out the final three batters in the bottom of the tenth to give the Giants the win and the World Series.
Max Scherzer didn’t have a very good day as he gave up three runs on seven hits. Scherzer did strike out eight batters though.
The Tigers just did not show up to play baseball this series. The extended rest is the obvious scapegoat for the Tigers, but its more than that. The Tigers felt too confident coming into this series after sweeping the Yankees in the ALCS. They thought the Giants were going to be as easy as the Yankees, but the Giants are a heck of a lot better than the Yankees. Buster Posey is probably going to be the NL MVP and Marco Scutaro was on fire coming into the World Series.
The pitching wasn’t there either. Justin Verlander, the best pitcher in baseball, got clobbered in game 1. It was very uncharacteristic of Verlander to look as vulnerable as he did. Anibal Sanchez, Doug Fister and Max Scherzer followed his lead with unimpressive starts of their own.
You also didn’t hear much about Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. Those two are some of the best hitters in baseball and they didn’t make much noise. Other than Miguel Cabrera’s two run homer today, neither of these batters put up any significant stats.
So where do the Tigers go from here?
I, first off, might be the first to say that Jim Leyland’s job might have some questions around it. Yes he brought his team to the World Series, but for the second time in his career he failed to get the mindset of his team in line. His contract also expires this season. Nevertheless, I’m still confident Leyland will be back next year.
The Tigers will get Victor Martinez back from injury as well. Martinez suffered a season-ending during off-season training. He should make a huge in the lineup and create a dangerous 3-4-5 combo with Miguel Cabrera at the three hole and Prince Fielder at the four.
Rookie Drew Smyly had a good season this year and it will be interesting to see where he will fit in a rotation that consists of Verlander, Scherzer, Fister, Sanchez and Rick Porcello.
Free agency is going to be interesting this off-season. After grabbing Prince Fielder last off-season, it will be interesting to see what the Tigers do next. For sure I think the Tigers need to let go of Jose Valverde. Valverde choked big time for the Tigers when they needed him. Plus Phil Coke seems to have found his niche as the team’s closer. As for closers on the market, Jonathan Broxton and Mariano Rivera are much more appealing options.
Delmon Young is also gonna have to pack his suitcases with Martinez returning to the DH spot. Other than those two players, the Tigers need to resign almost every single one of their starters and key backups.
As for the market, the Tigers need to upgrade at the outfielder position. The Tigers can pull another big move and chase after Josh Hamilton. Getting Hamilton would certainly make the Tigers ridiculously dangerous and a World Series favorite. The Tigers can also gamble on Melky Cabrera, who was suspended for 50 games for PED use. B.J Upton, Grady Sizemore, Shane Victorino or Nick Swisher are also outfielders that the Tigers can look at. The Tigers can try to upgrade their rotation by raking in Zach Greinke to be the team’s two pitcher. As for pitchers, the Tigers can look at guys like Ryan Dempster, Rich Harden, Edwin Jackson, Kyle Lohse, Daisuke Matsuzaka or Jonathan Sanchez to add some depth to the pitching rotation. It’s also never too bad to bolster their relievers with pitchers like Kevin Gregg, Bobby Jenks, Brad Lidge, Derek Lowe, Brandon Lyon, Randy Wells, Takashi Saito, Francisco Rodriguez and Jon Rauch to help the team out.
Despite what the Tigers do, 2013 will be a good season for the Tigers. For prosportsblogging.com, I’m Mark Kim, signing off for the year as the Tigers playoff blogger. Hope to be writing for the website soon.
About the Author
Written by Mark Kim
Currently the Community Editor and Sports Columnist for the award winning Central Times student newspaper of Naperville Central High School. Plans to study sports journalism in college, although still undecided on what college to attend. Follow my twitter @Mark_Kim_Sports